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ORANGE BEACH - The Dothan Eagle won seven first place awards, including the Best Local News Coverage award, and finished second in General Excellence at the Alabama Press Association Media Awards Saturday night, placing it among the state’s best newspapers.

A coalition of advocacy groups is opposing Alabama’s plan to sell $725 million in bonds to finance construction of two new supersize prisons. The Communities Not Prisons coalition and other advocacy organizations issued statements on Monday opposing the looming bond sale. The state is expected to go to the bond market on Tuesday. The prisons would house up to 4,000 inmates and replace existing facilities. State officials touted it as a partial solution to the state’s longstanding prison woes. Critics argue the state is ignoring the bigger issues — prison staffing levels and leadership — to focus on costly buildings.

Alabama's Republican Party has declared a tie in the primary race for a state Senate seat and says the winner will be chosen by lot. The party's Candidate Committee held a hearing Saturday and said the District 27 race between Auburn City Councilman Jay Hovey and incumbent Tom Whatley was officially a tie. It said the winner would be determined in accordance with the state election code. The code says the Secretary of State shall decide the winner by lot. The district covers Tallapoosa, Lee and Russell counties. The GOP news release did not provide details on when the winner would be selected or the method to be used.

A part of Alabama known for its music industry is launching a program to bring in new projects. The Shoals Music Makers Recording Incentive will offer recipients as much as a 30% reimbursement on projects recorded in the Shoals area of northwest Alabama. Judy Hood, the chairwoman of the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation, says the time is right for such incentives. She says the area has several producers, artists and managers move to Nashville, Los Angeles and other places in recent years. Funding for the incentives comes through the Shoals Industrial Development Committee, which adopted the plan in 2021.

An east Alabama man who was dying of cancer got to see his son receive his high school diploma thanks to the efforts of his family and school administrators. Mike Bowden of Seale was too sick to attend Russell County High School's commencement to see his son Michael graduate. But wife Jessie Bowden asked the school for help, and administrators presented Michael with his diploma early in the family home. The man died two weeks later. Jessie Bowden says the special ceremony brightened the family's life at a dark time. She says she knows her husband died as “a very proud daddy.”

MONTGOMERY — Katie Britt won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama on Tuesday, defeating six-term Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former President Donald Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his endorsement of Brooks.

State Rep. Wes Allen won the Republican nomination for secretary of state on Tuesday in contest that featured both candidates promoting the need to tighten election security in harmony with former President Donald Trump’s false claims that he lost the 2020 presidential race because of fraud.

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